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Supplies for an Emergency Birth

Posted by Elise on May 3, 2010

Jenny Rollo

If you are concerned that an emergency might prevent you from going to the hospital or birth center to deliver your baby, the following list of supplies should be included in your emergency plans.

The following list is not a “do-it-yourself” list of supplies for a planned home birth; nor is it all the information you need for every emergency.

The following supplies can be found at most drugstores, cost about $70 total and should be kept in a waterproof bag away from children and pets. Keep them in a tote bag in case you leave home.

1. Baby-size bulb syringe (made of soft plastic, often called an ear syringe; should not be a nasal syringe as the plastic tip does not fit into a baby-sized nose)
2. A bag of large-sized under pads with plastic backing to protect sheets from messy fluids
3. Small bottle of isopropyl alcohol
4. Package of large cotton balls
5. Box of disposable plastic or latex gloves
6. White shoe laces (to tie umbilical cord)
7. Sharp scissors (to cut umbilical cord)
8. 12 large sanitary pads
9. Chemical cold pack (the kind you squeeze to get it cold)
10. Hot water bottle (to help keep baby warm)
11. Six disposable diapers
12. Pain pills such as Tylenol® or Advil®
13. Small bar of antibacterial soap or liquid antibacterial hand sanitizer

Additional items you will use:
1. Shower curtain
2. Four cotton baby blankets
3. Newborn cap
4. Medium-sized mixing bowl
5. Four towels
6. Wash cloth
7. Blankets to keep mom warm
8. Pillows
9. Five large trash bags for dirty laundry
10. Two medium-sized trash bags for the placenta
11. Instructions for CPR for adults and babies
12. Emergency contact information

If you think you are going to have to give birth at home, put the scissors and shoe laces in a pan of boiling water for 20 minutes. When done, pour off the water but do not touch the items until needed. If there is no way to boil water, wash the scissors and laces with soap and water and soak them in alcohol during the labor.

Copyright © 2003 American College of Nurse-Midwives

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2 Responses to “Supplies for an Emergency Birth”

  1. Francesca said

    I know what we’ll be doing for FHE in a couple months.

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